11/09/2013 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
Senegal’s New Justice Minister Sidiki Kaba has ruled out legalising homosexuality in the country despite previously being a gay rights supporter and activist.
Kaba, who was previously the head of the International Federation for Human Rights, told reporters on Friday [Sept. 6] that he had dropped his opposition to the persecution of gay and lesbian people.
He said: ”I am a minister of justice who works in the context of a government and who expresses his views through those of the head of state which apply to all those who serve under him.” >>>
While the United States and other countries trying to overcome the issue of gay marriage, considered by many as the last obstacle faced by the gay rights movement, Senegal and the rest of West Africa continue to face the initial challenge of the decriminalization of homosexuality. >>>
Djamil Bangoura has known he is gay since childhood. Growing up in Pikine, a slum of Senegal's sprawling capital city, Dakar, he kept his sexual orientation a secret for fear of violence, imprisonment, and alienation from his family -- the core of Senegalese life. >>>